India's Pace Attack Problems Thing of the Past, Feels Sanjay Bangar
With Umesh Yadav coming back into rhythm and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami already in the thick of things, Sanjay Bangar said India would be ready for the high profile tour of Australia to be followed by the World Cup with their best attack.
Pace attack may be seen as India's perennial problem overseas but it would be a thing of past come Australia series beginning next month, feels assistant coach Sanjay Bangar. (India Aim for Whitewash vs Sri Lanka)
With Umesh Yadav coming back into rhythm and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami already in the thick of things, Bangar said India would be ready for the high profile tour to be followed by the World Cup with their best attack.
"As you must have seen there's a lot of rotation happening. Bowlers like who have had a lot of workload like Bhuvi and Shami have been rested. The rotation policy is being followed with an intention that we have an all fit pace attack in Australia," said the former India all-rounder.
"The preparation has been spot on and the workload is monitored properly. We probably have the best seam attack going into Aus for a number of years now."
Incidentally, Shami and injured pacer Varun Aaron, who are not part of the side, are also accompanying the side as the duo were seen going all out at the nets during their practice on the eve of the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka.
India would be playing four Tests beginning December 4 in a tour that would continue till the World Cup in February-March next year. Bangar said the length of the tour would help the side acclimatise to the conditions properly.
"The more time we spend in Australia, the better it is to get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket. It will help us when we approach a tournament like the World Cup," Bangar said.
He said switching to Test mode would not be a difficult task after the ongoing ODI series.
"80 percent of the team is playing in both formats of the game so that should not really be an issue," Bangar pointed out.
"We've been practising for the longer formats simultaneously. Like players who are part of the Test team are also practising with the team. We've been practising with the Test matches in mind as well."
In the ongoing series, India have adopted a new strategy by keeping wickets in hand with a sedate start before stepping on the gas midway into the innings. Bangar said it has been done keeping the World Cup in mind.
"We would like to keep as many wickets in hand as possible going into the later half of the innings. That is a conscious effort especially with two new balls and the conditions we expect in Australia.
"Definitely, that's going to be vital to us to keep as many wickets in as possible for the later half of the innings."
Giving credit to their in form batters, he said: "If you see the reason why we have done well in the last 10-11 matches after the England series is because a lot of our batsmen have managed to get big scores.
"We have seen seven hundreds already and all are from different batsmen. It's great that everybody is chipping in with those contributions when team requires it."
He also had a special word on the spinners: "There have been a lot of positives that have emerged. Earlier we were thinking there were not many spinners around but if you see now there are four and five who are in contention."
Lavishing praise on India's leading wicket taker in the series Umesh Yadav, Bangar said: "He has been a big plus and has improved a lot as the matches have progressed. He's got a lot of control and giving us a lot of wickets in the initial overs that is so crucial. It's really helping the team's cause.